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November 21, 2013- 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Symposium West Coast Region Energizes Trainers & Riders

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2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Symposium
West Coast Region Energizes Trainers & Riders

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall
Photography by: Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins (U.K.) mid sentance discussing the importance of straightness no matter what type of ring you are in. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins (U.K.) mid sentence discussing the importance of straightness no matter what type of ring the rider is in. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Winters, CA – November 21, 2013-
The West Coast region 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium commenced with excitement and anticipation from the participants. On November 20, the Train the Trainer Workshop was conducted to educate current and future Para-Equestrian coaches on Para-Dressage subjects. Classroom topics included Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) rules, compensating aids, and the classification process defined. Trainers, auditors, and riders were given the opportunity to view demonstrations of Grades I-IV Para-Dressage tests from the judge’s perspective. Lectures included gold medal coach Clive Milkins (U.K.); FEI 4* Para-Dressage judge, David Schmutz; classifiers Tina Wentz and Joann Benjamin; FEI 5* Veterinarian Mike Tomlinson, DVM, MBA; and trainer Cherylin Von AldenBruck. Gil Merrick, former USEF High Performance Dressage Director, gave the keynote address detailing the importance of building a successful team in, “A Team Approach”. On November 21, symposium attendees
begin a full day of private lessons at Somerset Farm with Clive Milkins and Dennis Callan with accompanying classroom lectures. The 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium, is organized by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports and sponsored by the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) and United States Equestrian Federation.
Hope Hand, President of the USPEA, noted, “Education is the key to our success and growth in the Para-Equestrian movement. It was exciting to see the energy in the room and the enthusiasm from the many new faces.”
The West Coast region 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium continues through November 23 at Somerset Farm in Winters, California. For more information please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org. For media information please contact Lindsay McCall Lindsay@uspea.org.
David Schmutz FEI4* PE Judge watches the Grade Ia-IV team tests and give his critique to the audience. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
David Schmutz FEI 4* PE Judge watches the Grade Ia-IV demonstration tests and gives his professional critique to the audience. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall


About Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports:

Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports is a comprehensive organization offering our hallmark equestrian hippotherapy and adaptive programs; new offerings of Para-Equestrian sport; and traditional equestrian training opportunities for educators, practitioners and riders alike. The mission of Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy and Sports is to transform lives through horses through its distinctive services – rehabilitative through recreational – within an inclusive environment that fosters learning, growth and overall well-being. For more information please visit: www.carlisleacademymaine.com; call 207-985-0374; email info@carlisleacademymaine.com; or check us out on Facebook.

Carlisle Academy’s charitable partner, the Carlisle Charitable Foundation, is enabling athlete participation via scholarships. For more information on scholarships contact Deb Whitney at 207.467.3242 info@carlislecharitablefoundation.org or visit their website at: http://www.carlislecharitablefoundation.org/.

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association: 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF). 

 

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

 

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